Buttimer welcomes funding for Cork-based disability, elderly and social inclusion support groups

Tuesday, December 17th 2013

Over €350,000 allocated to Cork based groups as part of the latest round of National Lottery grants

Very worthy Cork based organisations and projects have been awarded a combined total of more than €350,000 in the latest round of National Lottery funding from the Department of Health.  This recognises their excellent work across a range of sectors and will enable them to continue and expand the services provided to our local community.

In the area of disability, the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will receive €50,000 towards the cost of installing an IT/database system.  I know from my conversations with CEO Padraig Mallon that this will help improve the efficiency of the organisation and enable it to further improve the services provided to those who rely on the organisation for invaluable assistance.

The Matt Talbot Centre in Douglas and its residential unit in West Cork are also to benefit from this round of funding.  It will receive €43,000 towards the cost of funding en-suite bedrooms, a new teaching and learning centre and a workshop.  The services provided by the team at the Matt Talbot centre are essential in helping people put their lives back on track and I am delighted that their continued efforts have been recognised with this significant funding that will enable an even greater number of people to benefit from their work.

Friendly Call Cork is an excellent community service for those older people who find themselves living alone.  It provides a daily telephone call, which not only provides reassurance and security but also provides an important and friendly chat.  The €18,000 in funding for Friendly Call Cork will be used to employ a fulltime member of staff which will hopefully enable the further expansion of this great service.

The Minister has also allocated funding to the National Infertility Support & Information Group.  NISIG is a voluntary group that provides support for people who are coming to terms with infertility and supporting them if they embark on some of the treatment options that are available.  I hope that the €33,000 awarded to NISIG will enable it to expand its services and support an even greater number of people.

Also to receiving support in this round of funding is the Sexual Health Centre.  This Centre, which is led by Deirdre Seery and her team, provides confidential help to many people in Cork and will receive €33,000 in funding.  This will enable it to continue its improvement in the quality of the response to HIV.  Sexual health and awareness must be continued to be promoted, as too often treatable problems go undiagnosed because of a reluctance to discuss and confront these issues.

Carrigaline Family Support Initiative is another group that is to receive funding.  It will be awarded €20,000 towards the cost of purchasing a wheelchair accessible mini bus.

National Lottery funding provides an important financial support for a range of services in our community.  It is used to promote social inclusion, provide services for people with disabilities, provide services for older people and to help people move away from drug use.  I am delighted that the Minister has decided to use the grant funding that is available to him to support worthy projects that will deliver real benefits for our community.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Health, National Work

Buttimer and Forde welcome maximum funding for Multi-Use-Games-Area in Douglas Park

12 December 2013

Minister of State Michael Ring, TD, announces €58,000 in funding for a Multi-Use-Games-Area in Douglas Park.

Local Fine Gael representatives Jerry Buttimer, TD, and Cllr Deirdre Forde have said that funding for a Multi-Use-Games-Area in Douglas Park will provide a much needed community resource for the people of Douglas. Deputy Buttimer and Cllr Forde were commenting following the announcement by Minister of State Michael Ring, TD, of €58,000 for this project which will include the provision of outdoor gym equipment.

Deputy Buttimer said “This funding will enable Cork County Council to enhance the facilities available at Douglas Park. I am very pleased that Cllr Forde and myself were successful in impressing upon the Minister the importance of funding this project. Douglas is a highly populated area with a very significant proportion of young families, extra recreational facilities are much needed.

“The last Census showed that there are almost 5,400 families in the Douglas area, accounting for 7,399 children. Additionally, 16% of families are classified as being in the pre-family phase, ensuring that for years to come the number of children in the area will continue to grow. Clearly the demographics of Douglas indicate that the population would make use of the MUGA and outdoor gym equipment.”

Cllr Forde, in welcoming this funding, said “This substantial funding will enhance the recreational facilities available in Douglas. I am delighted that Minister Ring has allocated the €58,000, the maximum amount that can be awarded, for a Multi-Use-Games-Area in Douglas Park. This funding is coming from the Department of Sport, in partnership with Irish Public Bodies, and a further contribution to the project will be made by Cork County Council.

“Improving the facilities available in Douglas Park will be welcome by everyone that uses the park. Encouraging and supporting physical exercise is very important and this new Multi-Use-Games-Area will provide greater opportunity for everyone to use the Park as part of their regular exercise routine.”

Posted under Douglas, Sport

Congratulations to Douglas Community Association on Anniversary – Buttimer

2 December 2013

Congratulations to the Association on celebrating their 44th anniversary

Billy Coleman deservers warm congratulations on the excellent work of this executive and in the work of advancing community and building a real presence in Douglas.

I wish to acknowledge the work of this organisation and the hugely important services it provides to the local community in the Douglas area. For the past 44 years the Douglas Community Association has been at the core of local service provision in this community and is now firmly placed in the heart of the people of Douglas.

The Douglas Community Association brings together people of all backgrounds and this can be seen to all with the great levels of community spirit and good fun involved in all of the fundraising and events which have taken place here over the years. I sincerely want to congratulate all those involved in this association who actively volunteer and get out to help people in the Douglas community.

Posted under Cork, Douglas